52 week's of Marie's Life

52 weeks captured through photos


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44. Speed (Week 12)

“Direction is more important than speed. We are so busy looking at our speedometers that we forget the milestone….”

This replica of one of the 1969 Harley-Davidson Captain America choppers used in the movie “Easy Rider” is on display at the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum.

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Earlier this month my husband and I took a short vacation to Birmingham, Alabama.  The purpose was to go to the Annual Barber Vintage Festival at the Barber Motorsports Park.  In years past, my husband has ridden his motorcycle up with friends to enjoy the motorcycle races and vendors, as well as spending hours wandering five floors of the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum.  This year I opted to join him and we made it a car trip.

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While we waited on races to begin, I watched  antique Indian and Harley-Davidson motorcycles speed around in this “wall of death.”  The Wall of Death is a vintage live action thrill show within a silo-shaped wooden cylinder 30 feet in diameter that motorcycle daredevils perform acrobatic and trick riding in.  Onlookers could watch from the top of a 14 foot board wall.  As they sped around in circles and reached the top rim of the motor drome, I couldn’t help but step back from the wall as I felt the wind of the motorcycles passing inches away from us.

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We knew we would meet up with friends who also rode up for the weekend to watch as vintage motorcycles from all over the world came to race.  It was especially fun to watch as Denny Poneleit, from Sarasota, raced around the track and captured 3rd place.  The next day we left for home, but we heard he took 1st place in his race that day.

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38. Selfie (Week 8)

“Never ride faster than your guardian angel can fly. “  ~ Anon ~

 

You would think if you were taking your own picture for a “selfie” that you could delete it and try again if you didn’t find it flattering.  Well, I took two as we geared up for pending rain on the Blue Ridge Parkway and didn’t have time for too many options,  but this one fits in the continuation of our August vacation, so I’m posting it “as is.”  IMG_0565

 

My husband and I had just spent time with family in Virginia and were now heading for Asheville.  Our plan was to take two days to get there – ride the Blue Ridge Parkway and spend time in the Smokies.  We were concerned about rain.  We stopped to put rain gear on, but I was hoping it wouldn’t last long if it did rain.  And then the drops started.

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It wasn’t too bad – we seemed to weave in and out of it as we headed up the Parkway and at times it wasn’t raining at all.  We pulled off several times to enjoy the sights.

 

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And Greg was a sport for this photo!

 

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But do you see the fog we are about to ride into?

 

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This was the beginning of a really bad experience.  The fog was an indication that we were up in the cloud – when we rode out of the cloud, we were then in heavy rain.

 

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We didn’t know that this was the last time we would be able to pull off the road. From here on in we could not see where the side of the road was.  There was no way to exit, so I had to “Keep Calm and Ride On.”

 

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My goal was to just keep Greg’s taillights in sight as we continued on the parkway. It was really difficult when he would round a curve, but we were traveling at a very low speed and I think I was in 2nd gear the whole way. As the road curved, we would be in a stretch of clouds and then a stretch of rains – then back again. This continued for over an hour. We could communicate with the headsets in our helmets and Greg encouraged me as I kept telling him it was a nightmare.

Finally we were able to leave the Parkway. The Hampton Inn that we had booked in Roanoke Virginia was only 5 miles away.  Hurray – out of the mountains and out of the rain!  I was getting my confidence back.

So this would be a good spot to end this post, right?

Sorry – there’s a little more story to tell.

As we rode into Roanoke and joined heavier traffic, I watched as the light ahead at the bottom of a hill turned from green to yellow.  Because of my momentum, I told Greg, “I’m going.”  He said, “I’m not.”  Thinking he knew better than I did, I went to brake.  My bike fishtailed, fell to the left, I slid off, and then my bike slid into his bike.  Greg’s bike went down and my bike then flipped to the other side.  A police car immediately pulled out into the intersection to stop all traffic.  He happened to be sitting in the front of oncoming traffic.  Greg and I  both stood up and walked to our bikes to survey the damage.  I think the wet roads actually spared us injuries.  The knee in my rainsuit tore, but that’s about it for me.

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As for my bike, the engine guards were scraped on both sides,

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the side bags were marred,

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and a light was broke,

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but I would say if you can walk away from this, you were pretty lucky.  Glue and paint can go a long way.  The policeman did not ask for anything from us.  He just wanted us to move our bikes off of the road.  With cars stopped in all four directions, I must tell you that the only one that helped us pick up our motorcycles was an older homeless man that had been standing on the corner.  He gathered up everything that had scattered out of my bike and helped Greg with the lifting.  He was our angel that day.

We stayed an extra day in Roanoke to decompress and have the bike checked out by an authorized mechanic.

And what did I learn from this?  Once you make a decision, commit to it.  And I’ve always said I’m a fair weather rider – I also love our Florida flatlands!


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A3. I Saw it on Vacation (Week 52)

 

 

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“The best things in life are the people we love, the places we’ve been and the memories we’ve made along the way.”

 

 

I’m going to finish the 2013-2014 52 Week Photo Challenge with a photo of us embarking on our summer vacation today.  The photo challenge has been an adventure in itself.  As I look back on all of the posts, I see that it is a chronicle of the past year.  All of us participating have shared a bit of ourselves with each other.  Thank you for what you’ve shared;  the stories with the photos have been educating, amusing, and food for thought.

This is the dining car on our Auto Train. The Auto Train is an 855 mile long scheduled train service for passengers and automobiles operating between Sanford FL and Lorton VA. We put our motorcycles on it for the first leg of our vacation. This service is the only one of its kind in the U.S.

 


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3. An Expression of Love (Week 5)

Enjoy the little things in life…for one day you’ll look back and realize they were the big things ~ Robert Brault ~

Our garage is in the back of the house.  When we decide to ride our bikes, I typically go out the front and open the fence, while my husband goes to the back and  takes our motorcycles out of the garage. Greg usually turns it around for me, which, in itself,  is an expression of love for me.  Last time we took a ride though, I found he had put this hibiscus in my cup holder.  Awe – what a sweetie!

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30. Other Photographers (Week 1)

“Thank you for being a friend -Traveled down the road and back again – Your heart is true – you’re a pal and a confidant.

 And if you threw a party – Invited everyone you ever knew – You would see the biggest gift would be from me – And the card attached would say – thank you for being a friend.”

~ Lyrics to Golden Girls theme song by Andrew Gold ~

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Since this is week one of our 52 Week Challenge, we thought it would be fun to take our pictures of one another!  Tricia, Clara, Bobbi, and I have shared many fun times together and will be encouraging each other with this new challenge.

Here we were this weekend at a Motormaid luncheon to hear the tales of fellow Motormaids who had just returned from a convention in Bend, Oregon, on their bikes. We gather to show love and support for other ladies who ride.  And of course they all wanted to be in our picture, but we had to make them wait as we explained what we were doing.  I don’t doubt that we’ll have many more followers of our blogs now!  I’m including their picture below to thank them for their friendships, as well.

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